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If you've ever visited a nursery in the spring on the weekend, you're bound to see a parking lot full of cars, and a nursery full of shoppers.

Spring remains the prime season when gardeners head to the nursery to purchase trees, shrubs, ground covers, and vines. If something is going to be planted in the yard, most of the time, gardeners focus on spring to do it.'

But spring is really not the best time to plant great hearty plants, like trees and shrubs, hearty ground covers, and vines. Now, as we head into the fall season, is really the best time.

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We gardeners crave color in our landscapes. We provide that color primarily through the use of colorful bedding plants and bright flower beds. Colorful flower beds are one of the highest maintenance parts of our landscapes, however, so try to add as much color as you can with permanent woody plants like trees and shrubs.

Earth Day tree planting.

The ideal planting season for hearty trees and shrubs in the Baton Rouge area finishes up around the end of March.